Journal article

Optimisation of a Thick-Film 10...400 N Force Sensor

Abstract: The ring-on-ring bending principle allows the fabrication of simple, low-cost thick-film piezoresistive sensors for compressive forces in the 10 to 400 N range. However some imperfections are encountered in its basic embodiment, such as relatively high force-signal hysteresis and nonrepeatability (up to ca. 5%). These shortcoming were studied in this work, and major improvements achieved. Hysteresis was found to be mainly due to friction at the outer support ring, and considerably reduced by inserting a compliant silicone glue ring. The same glue ring was used to permanently bond the sensor to a rigid base, thereby giving well-defined and constant boundary conditions and also considerably improving the repeatability of the sensitivity. Overall, hysteresis and repeatability error were reduced down to a level of ca. 1%.

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